I have often wondered about the correlation between what everyone is eating and the increase in anxiety, bickering, depression and other issues throughout every holiday season. I'm no expert, but I have watched the vast difference in myself and my family when we make choices that are better for our bodies.
We splurge. Don't get me wrong. WE SPLURGE! Christmas Eve was not without tamales and Velveeta dip and Grandma's cider and punch and desserts and more desserts and MORE DESSERTS. It was fun, and we will do it again the next time.
But it was for a day. Then we returned to some more healthy and positive habits. Even in keeping the splurging under control, there are residual effects with our moods and sleep and basic lethargic existences. I am particularly amazed at how my kids are affected by their dietary intake.
It's that time of year when everyone is thinking about change and resolutions and new beginnings. I think diet is the very hardest change in life. You can't not think about it. You can't avoid it. Our way of life makes it extremely difficult physically and socially. The positive effects tend to be more gradual - no immediate gratification. I still see more improvements after years of slowly moving in the right direction. Yet, I'll keep cheering for it and encouraging each of you to move away from the norm. Here are a few things to get you motivated:
"Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, so vegan diets are the healthiest overall." From Vegetarian Foods: Powerful for Health.
Check out the Power Plate from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
"Pediatrician Lendon H. Smith, M.D., nationally famous as "The Children's Doctor," was very plain in stating that sugar causes profound mood disorders." From Doctor Yourself.
I highly recommend the documentary "Food Matters." Highly. Like ... HIGHLY. You can watch it online (my affiliate link is over to the right). Or stick it in your Netflix queue. Here is the trailer:
And this trailer makes me super excited about the fact that "Forks Over Knives" will be out in MARCH! Whoop! (there is a January screening in Austin - I am keeping my eyes peeled for more info)